rkmvu Welcome

The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, accorded permission to the Ramakrishna Mission to start a deemed university named the Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute by a Gazette Notification dated 5 January 2005. Later, the University was renamed as “Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University”. The formal inauguration took place on 4 July 2005, Swami Vivekananda’s Mahasamadhi day.

Swami Vivekananda envisioned that Belur Math would be a centre of great harmony and synthesis, not only of all religious beliefs and traditions, but also of arts and sciences and the various branches of knowledge, both secular and spiritual. It would be the centre of great spiritual and cultural awakening.

Aims and Objectives – The Vision

The present university is intended to actualize Swami Vivekananda’s fundamental educational ideas of imparting life-building, man-making and character building education by combining the best elements of the East and the West. The aim of the institute is to provide opportunities for education and research in the disciplines of arts, sciences and spiritual studies. Value education will therefore be an essential component in all the courses.

Administrative Aspects

The University is an international university that could operate through and from any of the branch-centres of Ramakrishna Mission in India and abroad. It is a cluster of institutions, all of them belonging to branches of Ramakrishna Mission, with headquarters at Belur Math, District Howarh, West Bengal.

The Major Thrust Areas

To start with, four major thrust areas were chosen because these have received little emphasis in any of the other conventional universities in India. They are thus the gap-areas in which the present university would operate.

  • Disability Management and Special Education
  • Integrated Rural Development including Tribal Development
  • Indian Cultural & Spiritual Heritage and Value Education
  • Disaster Management including Relief and Rehabilitation

Specialized Faculty Centres & Schools

  • School of Indian Heritage at Belur Main Campus & Swami Vivekananda’s Ancestral house, Kolkata
  • School of Mathematical Sciences at Belur Main Campus & Swami Vivekananda’s Ancestral house, Kolkata
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Belur Main Campus & Ramakrishna Mission campuses at Kolkata
  • Faculty of Integrated Rural Development and Management (IRDM), Narendrapur
  • Faculty of Integrated Rural & Tribal Development and Mangement (IRTDM), Jharkhand
  • Faculty of Disability Mangement & Special Education (DMSE), Coimbatore
  • Faculty of General & Adapted Physical Education and Yoya (GAPEdY), Coimbatore
Posted in About | Comments Off

Courses Offered

Click Here to Download the GAPEY Prospectus 2014-2015

The Faculty of General & Adapted Physical Education and Yoga (FGAPEdY) is offering the following research programmes, post-graduate, graduate and diploma courses during the academic year on a Credit Accumulation System that incorporates Choice Based Credit for many theory and practical papers:

NoCourseTitle of the CourseDurationEntry Qualification
Doctorate in Physical Edu. / Inter-disciplinary
2/3 yrs
MPEd / MPhil
Master of Philosophy in Physical Education
1 yr
Master of Physical Education
2 yrs
Bachelor of Physical Education
1 yr
UG Degree
Diploma in Physical Education
2 yrs
Plus Two
P.G. Diploma in Special Olympics
1 year
UG degree
P.G. Diploma in Fitness
P.G. Diploma in Yoga
P.G. Diploma in Software Based Statistical Application
P.G. Diploma in Paralympics
P.G. Diploma in Coaching in Tennis / Cricket
Diploma in Special Olympics
Plus Two
Diploma in Fitness
Diploma in Yoga
Diploma in Paralympics
Certificate Course in Yoga
Certificate Course in Fitness
Certificate Course in Tennis
Certificate Course in Kalari
Certificate Course in Adapted Physical Education
Certificate Course in Gym Instructor
Certificate Course in Fitness Trainer


Posted in GAPEY | Comments Off

New Initiative

One of our Faculty’s concerns has been preservation and propagation of traditional sports and games of India. Students interested in Kalaripayattu – an ancient martial art of India, said to be the mother of all martial art forms including Kung-fu, Karate, etc., will be happy to learn that the Faculty will offer three academic courses from the present academic year, 2009-10. The courses will be offered on Credit Accumulation System so that students can easily exit and enter the Kalari course up to the Masters level as per their convenience. Moreover, the Credit Accumulation system will help existing Kalari experts and students to enter the course with a head start over a fresher because credits will be allotted to them on the basis of their current level of expertise in the subject. Although a time frame of 1, 2 and 6 years have been mentioned against the proposed courses, these are approximate because, Kalari being practical intensive, the actual time frame may vary on a case-to-case-basis. Minimum qualification for all these courses is plus-two.


  1. Certificate in Kalari (1 year)
  2. Diploma in Kalari (2 years)
  3. Master in Kalari (6 years)

Some theory and practical papers:

Theory papers: Foundation of Kalaripayattu; Anatomy and Physiology; Theory & Techniques of Meypayattu in 18 various types; Kalari-center management and Vasthu; Nutrition; First Aid and Physiotherapy; Ayurvedic medicines for treating postural deformities, and traditional understanding of the human body; Yoga; Pranayama; and Meditation; Theory and Techniques of wooden and metal weapon training; Theory and Techniques of oil massage training; Theory and Techniques of un-armed training; Theory and Techniques of Varmam training and treatment.

Practicals: Meypayattu, wooden weapon training, metal weapon, oil massages, un-armed training, varmam.

Posted in GAPEY | Comments Off


image002 Faculties

Administrative Head

image0041 Faculties

Assistant Administrative Head

Dr. N. Muthaiah1 Faculties

Dr. N. Muthaiah
Hon. Dean
MBA, PGDHE, Ph.D, Dip in Spl. Edn (USA)

image007 Faculties

Asst. Prof. in Special Education,

image0081 Faculties

Asst. Prof. in Special Education
M.A, MEd(MR), Ph.D

image0092 Faculties

Asst. Prof. in Special Education
MSc, MEd(VI)

image0102 Faculties

Asst. Prof. in Special Education
MA(Psy), MEd (VI)

image011 Faculties

Asst. Prof. in Special Education
MA, MEd(HI), (PhD)

image012 Faculties

Sign Language Teacher & Interpreter

image0141 Faculties

Asst.Prof.in Special Education

image015 Faculties

s parthasarathy,
Asst.Prof.in Special Education
MA, M. Phill, M.Ed (Multi)

P. Ramakrishna Faculties

P. Ramakrishna,
Asst.Prof.in Special Education
MA, M.Ed (HI)

image019 Faculties

S. lokesh kumar
Asst.Prof.in Special Education
MSc, M.Ed (MR)

prabha Faculties

Dr. Prabha hariharan
Asst.Prof.in Education
M. Sc, M.S, Ph.D, FCELD

image0231 Faculties

Incharge of Low Vision Unit cum Lecturer

image0241 Faculties

Incharge of Speech Therapy Unit cum Lecturer
MSc, MEd(HI)

image0251 Faculties

Incharge of Play Therapy Unit cum Lecturer

Posted in FDMSE | Comments Off

Special B.Ed. is equivalent to General B.Ed.

1 Special B.Ed. is equivalent to General B.Ed.

Only regular courses are offered

the university 2 Special B.Ed. is equivalent to General B.Ed.


Posted in FDMSE-Special B.Ed. | Comments Off

Training and Orientation Programme

Dept of PM & R is also involved in Training and Orientation about the Disability Management Programme for the PHC Medical Officers. The Rehabilitation Council of India sponsors this programme.

Primary Health Centres Doctors Training

primary health center doctor1 Training and Orientation ProgrammeSince 2002 around 70 batches were provided sensitization training to doctors of Primary Health Centres (PHC) on ‘Disability Management’ at the IHRDC. The PHC programme has had a tremendous impact on services to persons with disabilities in Tamil Nadu. The PHC doctors have already identified thousands of persons with disabilities and referred them to educational and rehabilitation programmes.

Vikalang Bandhu Training

The IHRDC in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India, conducted the Vikalang Bandhu Training Programme for parents and family members of persons with disabilities on 15 April 2002.  19 participants, who were the parents of disabled children or family members of disabled adults, were the trainees in the first batch.

Training in Computers for the Visually Impaired

Computer Training for the visually impaired persons also commenced on 2002.  Ten visually impaired persons were trained to master the basic skills needed in operating a computer and also trained in MS-Office and Internet.

Posted in FDMSE | Comments Off

Self Help Group Activities

Apart from the rehabilitation of individual disabled persons, the IHRDC organizes manpower development programmes to address the education, rehabilitation and vocational needs of groups of disabled persons of all categories nder SHG Scheme. In collaboration with the District Administration, Coimbatore, the IHRDC implemented Self-Help Group (SHG) activities for persons with disabilities on June 1, 2003.  The Perianaickenpalayam and Karamadai Blocks were covered under this scheme.

Training to Self-Help Groups

Creating of self-employment opportunities is vital for persons with disabilities to make them economically independent. However, individual clients sometimes lack self-motivation due to the difficulty involved in sustaining self-employment avenues. Therefore, providing structured training to persons with disabilities to form self-help groups not only develops confidence in them but also improves their income-generation opportunities.  On the basis of discussions with the District Administration, officials from Government of India and Tamil Nadu, experts and disabled clients, the existing SGSY scheme was modified to address the self-employment needs of persons with disabilities.

Special Project

The IHRDC made an intensive survey in Karamadai and Perianaickenpalayam blocks and identified nearly 800 persons in the age group 14-50 years who can be benefitted by self-help group concepts.  Based on the proposed model, the District Rural Development Authority (DRDA) and IHRDC prepared a proposal to benefit 80 self-help groups of persons with disabilities each year in Perianaickenpalayam and Karamadai blocks.  The proposal of the DRDA was approved by the Government of India as per their letter dated 11 March 2004.  With the preparatory work and orientation of officials, the project was formally launched on June 1, 2004.

Aptitude Training

The aptitude training and skill training were provided in the IHRDC.  The aptitude training was for a period of 7 days.

Assessment for Skill Training

A committee consisting of professionals in visual impairment, hearing impairment, mental retardation and locomotor disabilities, set up by the IHRDC, reviewed the progress of the clients at each step.

Need-based Skill training

After the aptitude training was completed, the disabled people were assisted to identify the trades of their choice.  Following this, the trainees were classified into different self-help groups, with a minimum of 5 persons in each group and then given a minimum of 4 weeks intensive skill training in the selected trade to attain mastery over that trade.  Depending on the ability of the client, skill training was organized to learn more than one vocational trade.  The duration of the skill training too varied.  For example, training in bakery needed 3 weeks, tailoring requires 3-4 months, computer training requires 6-9 months and so on.  Therefore, the training was fully need-based and the duration depended on the ability level of the client. The DRDA met the cost of training for a period of 4 weeks as per the project. Cost for training beyond 4 weeks for any number of clients was met by the IHRDC, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya.


Need-based vocational activities were provided to the members of SHG in 36 trades and each client was taught a minimum of 5 trades.

Opening Bank Account

After the skill training was over, the IHRDC assisted the clients to form Self-Help Groups and also prepared them for self-employment by opening bank accounts, procuring raw material and creating local work environment.

Cluster Level Centres

Most of the disabled persons do not have adequate facilities in their homes for making the products. The cluster level centre helped them to solve such problems. The members of production oriented SHGs assembled at the cluster level centres and made their products. The raw materials and finished goods were also stored at the centre.  The members were also taking their products to markets and customers located in various places.
For the above activities it was proposed to construct 12 cluster level centres during the first year.  To monitor the activities of the cluster level centres located at various places a main centre was constructed.


To ensure that the cluster level centers function smoothly, a coordination committee was formed who met once in 15 days and discussed various matters such as progress, support services, marketing, Govt. welfare schemes, rights of the disabled,  etc.


As per the proposal submitted to the Government of India, 80 self-help groups were supposed to be developed in each year of implementation of the project by 31 May 2004.  The implementation of the scheme exceeded the target of 80 self-help groups by forming 120 self-help groups.

Disbursement of loans

Meetings were organized pertaining to the disbursement of loans to the Self-Help Group clients and to discuss modalities of loan disbursement and the repayment. Loans were sanctioned on the basis of grading of groups. In year2003, 37 SHG groups covering 160 persons were sanctioned bank loans worth Rs. 9.5 lakhs.

self Help group1 Self Help Group Activities

Posted in FDMSE | Comments Off

Play Therapy Unit for Special Children

The mentally retarded children have to be trained and educated right from their early age.  This unit concentrates on developing the skills of mentally retarded children using the play way method of learning. The children through play therapy learn daily living skills, concept development, social interaction, behavioural modification, reading, writing, play activities with peer groups, and speech training. These efforts are concentrated to prepare the child to get into the general education stream. This unit also gives orientation training to the parents of mentally retarded children.

The play therapy unit provided services to mentally retarded children and children with multiple disorders. This unit is well equipped with various models and toys for teaching and training mentally retarded and learning disabled children.  Besides toys, pictures, flash cards and charts are also used.  This unit also uses visual stimulants such as TV for the education of the mentally retarded children.

Posted in FDMSE | Comments Off

Occupational and Physiotherapy Unit

Occupational Therapy is a mode of treatment provided with the use of purposeful activity for individuals who are disabled due to physical injuries or psychological and neurological deficits. Occupational Therapy is a goal-directed activity to promote persons with disabilities into independence in day-to-day functioning. Physiotherapy deals with treating patients with physical modalities like heat, cold and electricity; and various types of Exercise Therapy for accelerating the patient’s recovery from injuries and diseases which have altered his normal way of living. The different electrical modalities used in the unit are Short-Wave Diathermy (SWD), Interferential Therapy (IFT), Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) and Ultra Sound Therapy. Clients with various disorders like musculo-skeletal disorders, nerve disorders, developmental and sensory disorders, cognition and psychomotor disorders, skin disorders and other injuries, mental health disorders, cerebral palsy, polio, arthritis, hemiplegic patients and amputees can make use of the facility.

Every year, generally, weekly twice medical consultation was made available from the Dept of OT & PT. This consultation included patients suffering with Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation, Paralysis, Arthritis, Congenital deformities, and also all kinds of Skeletal and Ligament injuries. Total benefited patients varied from year to year, including the adults, children, and aged people.

Posted in FDMSE | Comments Off

Notebooks Production Unit

Swami Vivekananda firmly believed that “the only way of getting our divine nature manifested is by helping others to do the same. If there is inequality in nature, still there must be equal chance for all – or if greater for some and for some less – the weaker should be given more chance than the strong”.

It was in this pretext that Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, Coimbatore, instituted a workshop in 1992 in order to train, and thus employ, the disabled people into different activites involved in the making of a notebook. The idea behind was to bring these masses into the main stream, creatively use their services, and convert  all their work into a challenge as well as an opportunity for inner growth, thus bringing much joy and fulfillment to their lives. The workshop was officially inaugurated on 2nd Oct, 1992, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, with the total strength of seven workers. Over the years, several batches of the disabled lot have been trained and assisted for self employment.

Today, the workshop has the total strenght of 24 workers, with R Nagendran, R Ravichandran, C Palanisamy and V Dhandapani as the instructors of various departments. Their proud team of binders consists of G.Sundarajan, R.Selvamani(both visually impaired), K.Jeganathan, P.Moorthy, S.Mariappan, M.Maruthasalam and B.Parthiban (all blind). Crafting, paper-cutting, and pasting of notebooks  is done by I. Sirajuthan and P. Dinakaran (both being deaf and dumb). They are assisted by R.Gopal, K.Srinivasan and T.Srinivasan(all  suffering from hearing Impairment). Then there is a brigade of trainers as well, who work tirelessly on the thermal press to compress the books, pin them, cover them neatly and also prepare them for dispatch. This team consists of K.Boopathi, R.Parthiban, R.Saravanan and K.Manikandan (all mentally challenged).

A. Thavimani (Physically Handicapped) arranges the papers from the rim, shapes up the notebooks and gives them the final touches. He is assisted by a team of dedicated workers such as S.Sampath, E.Marimuthu and C.Venkataraman. They also assist other members, as and when required.

The notebooks prepared were sold to educational institutions in Tamil Nadu.  More than 90% of the persons working in this unit are disabled.  This unit has proved that disabled persons can work on par with normal persons and the quality of the notebooks is in no way inferior to those prepared by normal persons.  A summary of note books prepared and sold to various institutions in and around Coimbatore is given below:



Posted in FDMSE | Comments Off

Low Vision Clinic

Both functional and clinical assessment of persons with visual impairment is done in this clinic.  Visual Acuity test and visual field test are conducted under clinical assessment. Visual efficiency of low vision children is developed and their reading preferences are tested under functional assessment.  Magnifiers necessary for children are tested and prescribed.  Referral services are also made to reputed eye hospitals in Coimbatore.

The low vision clinic of the IHRDC, supported by the Asian Foundation for Prevention of Blindness, was put to optimum use to identify children with visual impairment.  Screening camps to identify children with disability in different schools of the Periyanaickenpalayam and Karamadai blocks of the Coimbatore district are being conducted by the staff of IHRDC from time to time.  For example in 2003, under phase one, five camps were conducted in which children with visual impairments, hearing loss and cognitive defects were identified and were referred for further action.  In all, 2081 children were assessed during the course of these camps of which 69 children were found to be with defective vision, 65 children with hearing defects.

Under second phase, screening programmes were conducted on 6, 13 and 20 of November 2003 at the Panchayat Union Primary Schools of Devaiyampalayam, Naickenpalayam and Govanur respectively and the IHRDC team screened a total of 409 children. The children identified to have difficulties in visual, hearing and learning problems were brought to the centre for further therapy and intervention services.

The third phase screening was conducted on February 26, 2004 at Panchayat Union Primary School, Periya Mathampalayam to screen 95 children.  Fourth phase of screening programme was conducted on March 11, 2004 at Panchayat Union Primary School, Pettathapuram in which 100 children were screened.  Fifth and concluding phase of screening was conducted on March 18, 2004 at the Panchayat Union Primary School, Selvapuram in which 108 children were screened.
Moreover, every year Vidyalaya students are screened for low vision testing and suitable remedial measures are recommended. For example in 2008-09, 1352 students were screened in Low vision Unit from various institute of Vidyalaya and 74 students were identified having distance vision problem.

Other Services

  • The unit offers early intervention programme to children with visual impairment.
  • Orientation about Visual efficiency skills, non-optical devices and optical devices were given to students of physiotherapy and social works of various colleges.
  • Note (Money Identification) training is provided.
Posted in FDMSE | Comments Off

Audio and Speech Pathalogy Unit

The IHRDC provides speech therapy to speech impaired students. This unit also has an Audiometer to test the hearing loss of children. By providing speech therapy and also training in Sign Language, the Centre is aiming at promoting total communication system among hearing impaired persons.

This unit provides services to hearing impaired persons suffering from hearing loss of varying intensity.  The unit also distributes hearing aids to the hearing impaired patients under various government schemes or under sponsorship from philanthropic minded public.

Many young clients have been able to get admission in Integrated Education Programme after undergoing training at our center. The unit also gave speech training to children with speech, language and hearing problems.

Audiometry Testing for Students

School children and college students in and around our campus are given Audiometry testing, Speech and Hearing disability screening programmes.

Ear Mould Manufacturing Commenced

In July 2003, the IHRDC started manufacturing ear moulds for persons with hearing impairment.  The unit manufactures ear moulds for both pocket-held and behind the ear type hearing aids.  Apart from the regular need based services to the clients, the centre provided ear moulds to more than 600 children with hearing impairment who were identified through the SSA programme in the 22 blocks of the Coimbatore district.

Posted in FDMSE | Comments Off